The New Revised Standard Version of the Bible (NRSV) was published in 1989 and has received the widest acclaim and broadest support from academics and church leaders of any modern English translation.
It is the only Bible translation that is as widely ecumenical:
- The ecumenical NRSV Bible Translation Committee consists of thirty men and women who are among the top scholars in America today. They come from Protestant denominations, the Roman Catholic church, and the Greek Orthodox Church. The committee also includes a Jewish scholar.
- The RSV was the only major translation in English that included both the standard Protestant canon and the books that are traditionally used by Roman Catholic and Orthodox Christians (the so-called "Apocryphal" or "Deuterocanonical" books). Standing in this tradition, the NRSV is available in three ecumenical formats: a standard edition with or without the Apocrypha, a Roman Catholic Edition, which has the so-called "Apocryphal" or "Deuterocanonical" books in the Roman Catholic canonical order, and The Common Bible, which includes all books that belong to the Protestant, Roman Catholic, and Orthodox canons.
- The NRSV stands out among the many translations available today as the Bible translation that is the most widely "authorized" by the churches. It received the endorsement of thirty-three Protestant churches. It received the imprimatur of the American and Canadian Conferences of Catholic bishops. And it received the blessing of a leader of the Greek Orthodox Church.
The NRSV is truly a Bible for all Christians!
Rooted in the past, but right for today, the NRSV continues the tradition of William Tyndale, the King James Version, the American Standard Version, and the Revised Standard Version. Equally important, it sets a new standard for the 21st Century.
The NRSV stands out among the many translations because it is "as literal as possible" in adhering to the ancient texts and only "as free as necessary" to make the meaning clear in graceful, understandable English. It draws on newly available sources that increase our understanding of many previously obscure biblical passages. These sources include new-found manuscripts, the Dead Sea Scrolls, other texts, inscriptions, and archaeological finds from the ancient Near East, and new understandings of Greek and Hebrew grammar.
The NRSV differs from the RSV in four primary ways:
- updating the language of the RSV, by replacing archaic forms of speech addressed to God (Thee, Thou, wast, dost, etc.), and by replacing words whose meaning has changed significantly since the RSV translation (for example, Paul's statement in 2 Corinthians 11.25 that he was "stoned" once)
- making the translation more accurate,
- helping it to be more easily understood, especially when it is read out loud, and
- making it clear where the original texts intend to include all humans, male and female, and where they intend to refer only to the male or female gender.
Additional information about the NRSV is found in the “To the Reader” statement available here.
The New Revised Standard Version, Catholic Edition, has the imprimatur of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (September 12, 1991) and the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (October 15, 1991).
This summary below provides an overview of the copyright policies regarding the RSV and NRSV. It is for general information purposes only, and the National Council of Churches (NCC) reserves the right to revise the RSV/NRSV copyright policy and to make decisions based on the circumstances of each license permission request.
For additional information on RSV and NRSV copyright and licensing policies, please see the information posted at: http://www.nrsv.net/contact/licensing-permissions/
I. GRATIS USE POLICY Up to 500 verses of the RSV or NRSV may be quoted in any form (written, visual, electronic or audio) without charge and without obtaining written permission provided that all of the following conditions are met:
a. The total number of verses quoted is:
· less than an entire book of the Bible, and
· less than 500 verses (total), and
· less than 50 percent of the total number of words in the work in which they are quoted
b. No changes are made to the text. All quotations must be accurate to the text, including all appropriate punctuation, capitalization, etc. unless specifically approved to the contrary prior to publication.
c. The applicable notice of copyright must appear in an appropriate location in the publication in which they are quoted.
II. ALL OTHER USESIf a proposed use of the RSV/NRSV text is outside the Gratis Use Policy, then please submit a request for permission.
- For requests to publish a print or electronic edition of the entire RSV/NRSV Bible, or the Old Testament (only), or the New Testament (only) that will be distributed anywhere in the world except for the UK, contact HarperOne: NRSVBibles@harpercollins.com
- For all other requests, contact NRSVCopyright@aol.com. This includes requests to use RSV/NRSV excerpts in a print or electronic product, to publish all or portions of the RSV/NRSV in an audio product, to publish the RSV/NRSV in the UK, or to use RSV/NRSV excerpts in any way that exceeds the Gratis Use Policy.
III COPYRIGHT NOTICE
The following copyright notice must appear on the title or copyright page or opening screen of the work (whichever is appropriate) as follows:
[Scripture quotations are]from the New Revised Standard Version Bible: Catholic Edition, copyright © 1989, 1993 the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
When quoting a very limited number of verses in non-sale media (e.g., church bulletins), the entire credit line is not required; however, "NRSV" must appear after the verse citation. For example: Psalm 23:1 -2 (NRSV), John 3:16 (NRSV)
IV OTHER INFORMATION
The RSV and NRSVtranslations are copyrighted by the National Council of Churches, and have been made available on this web site for your personal use only. All rights reserved.
No part of these materials may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including photocopying and recording, or by any information storage or retrieval system, except as may be expressly permitted by the Gratis Use Policy (above), the 1976 Copyright Act, the 1998 Digital Millennium Copyright Act, or via a valid license issued by the copyright owner’s authorized copyright representative. Any other use including, but not limited to, copying or reposting on the Internet is prohibited.
The RSV and NRSVtranslations are not shareware. The RSV and NRSVtranslations may not be duplicated or otherwise made available via open source software.
These Scriptures may not be altered or modified in any form and must remain in their original context.